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If it appears that all conventional treatments or medications used fail and / or cause too many side effects, treatment with medicinal cannabis may be considered for certain conditions or diseases. Note that treatment with medicinal cannabis can only be started as a last-line medication. First, the patient must therefore have gone through all conventional therapies. Medicinal cannabis is usually used for symptom relief and thus provides a better quality of life. To date, there is no evidence that cannabis heals disease; Medicinal cannabis is therefore mainly used to improve the quality of life of the patient (through symptom relief and consequently reduction of the pressure of suffering) or to delay the progress of the disease. Usually this therapy is used together with the conventional drugs.

 

For which conditions can medicinal cannabis be used?

Below is a list of conditions or diseases which can provide medicinal cannabis assistance. This list is not exhaustive.

 

  • Pain (cancer pain, chronic pain, neuropathic pain, phantom pain)
  • Nausea, vomiting and reduced appetite during chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy
  • Anorexia and weight loss (in cancer / AIDS)
  • Palliative setting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Inflammation (including fibromyalgia and Crohn's disease)
  • Epilepsy (refractory epilepsy)
  • Spasticity and tremors in, among others, Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's
  • Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome
  • Insomnia due to illness
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Migraine and cluster headache
  • Anxiety and depression due to illness or traumas such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Therapy resistant glaucoma
  • Alzheimer's
  • Pruritus
  • Certain forms of asthma
  • Certain psychiatric symptoms
  • Hyperactivity / ADHD
  • Certain forms of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

 

For further information and related research you can use the website of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine (IACM).(http://cannabis-med.org/index.php?lng=nl).  By writing the wanted condition in the search bar (top right) you will go to the relevant articles.

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